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Northwest firm analyzing internal workings of TRPA

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A firm out of Washington is reviewing the operations of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The last time an outside group looked closely at how the TRPA operates was in the mid-1990s at the request of the California Legislature. A list of recommendations resulted from that review, nearly all of which have been implemented, said Jerry Wells, acting director at the TRPA.

One recommendation reduced the number of days the agency has to evaluate a project from 180 to 120. Another led to the delegation of some of the TRPA’s project review work to local government jurisdictions though memorandums of understanding.

This year’s review, which started Aug. 20, came at the behest of the TRPA Governing Board and the Nevada Legislative Oversight Committee, a group formed to oversee the work of the TRPA.

The Governing Board about a year ago requested a report on how staff at the agency relates and works together. The year before that, the oversight committee recommended a review as it questioned whether the TRPA was organized in the appropriate manner to achieve its environmental goals.

No one provided any money to pay for consultants to do the work, but TRPA managed to gather $75,000 out of its budget to pay for it. The review process is happening in two phases.

Results from the first, which deals with internal operations, are due by the end of October. Results from the second phase, which looks at how the agency works with the public, should be ready by the end of February.

“They will be looking at the transportation program … going outside the organization and interviewing folks,” said Wells, noting that the agency has done public surveying in the past. “We anticipate some good recommendations out of this process. We’re always looking for ways to be more efficient and effective.”

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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